Yellow plaques on the eyelids

Flat yellow patches (plaques) over the upper or lower eyelids are called xanthelasma.

Although these plaques are harmless, they indicate you have high cholesterol . See your GP because you may be at risk of developing cardiovascular disease , such as heart attacks and strokes .

Making changes to your diet and taking medication may be recommended to reduce your cholesterol level and reduce your risk of serious problems in the future, although these may not improve the plaques.

If you're bothered by the appearance of the plaques, it may be possible for them to be surgically removed or treated with a laser.However, this isn't normally funded on the NHS.

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Medically Reviewed by a doctor on 21 Dec 2018